The Executive Director, ESG Regulatory Reporting will lead corporate-level efforts to ensure compliance with global ESG disclosure regulation. Key elements of this role include tracking emerging regulation; assessing expected impact on the company; developing compliance roadmaps; overseeing gap closure; and managing internal processes to secure required information and metrics for disclosure, gathered in accordance with properly designed policies, procedures, and controls. This role will serve as an expert ESG advisor and critical connector between ESG data leads and finance, controls/audit, SEC reporting, legal, public affairs, and communications teams.
Key Roles and Responsibilities include:
- Track Emerging ESG Disclosure Regulation (25%): Identify new US and Global ESG reporting and disclosure trends and requirements that may impact the company, and lead efforts to evaluate recommended actions.
- Provide foresight and advice on necessary actions regarding compliance readiness, including through regular briefings to management. Coordinate and lead internal knowledge sharing across regions and functions through a regulatory disclosure working group and other channels.
- Manage preparatory activities including gap analysis and roadmap development, including convening internal stakeholders, directing activities of working groups, and preparing materials and agendas for executive steering committees.
- Lead ESG Disclosure Response (65%): Create internal alignment and awareness within the functions and across internal governance structures regarding preparation of annual reports and other compliance documents, reporting processes, reporting requirements and action plans to improve ESG reporting and disclosure.
- Manage the implementation of compliance-readiness activities, serving as PMO and expert adviser.
- Facilitate development of disclosure narratives, working with legal, finance, ERM, and SMEs across functions to deliver on requirements of ESG disclosure regulations. Build on existing foundations of annual Social Impact & Sustainability reporting and existing alignment to voluntary disclosure standards.
- Coordinate with ESG data leads and internal controls functions to ensure implementation of frameworks and processes to deliver high quality, timely, and reliable data for inclusion in regulatory disclosures.
- Facilitate acceleration of ESG reporting to align with financial reporting cycles. Work with internal partners to integrate ESG information and data into financial statements, as required, and support implementation of digital reporting taxonomies and XBRL tagging.
- Identify process improvements to streamline and accelerate reporting timeframes and cost/resource burden, including opportunities to harmonize across divergent standards.
- Support regional ESG regulatory reporting needs, leveraging corporate processes, tools, and approaches.
- Oversee Vendor Activities (10%): Identify disclosure activities requiring external consulting support, solicit proposals and direct procurement activities. Serve as point person for vendor management and project oversight. Ensure review of deliverables for quality and completeness, maintain budget tracking.
- 10+ years of experience in ESG-related roles in a multi-national global consumer products company or financial, legal, or consulting firm.
- Strong facility with the application of ESG reporting and accounting frameworks to corporate/issuer disclosure, including voluntary standards such as GRI, SASB, ISSB, and TCFD/TNFD, as well as emerging ESG disclosure regulations (EU CSRD, SEC proposed climate rule, IFRS Sustainability Disclosure standards)
- Experience in ideating and implementing disclosure strategy, including long-term planning and integration with overall corporate and functional objectives.
- Expertise in successfully managing ESG disclosure projects, including annual sustainability/corporate responsibility reporting, environmental and social data assurance and verification, and materiality analyses.
- Proven track record of driving complex, multi-stakeholder, and cross-functional projects with tight deadlines and business critical deliverables. Experience leading projects with 100+ stakeholders and multiple executive approvers across functions and global regions.
- Solid understanding and comfort with internal financial controls processes, accounting practices, audit and assurance. Working experience with ESG data collection and validation. Focus on data accuracy, quality, and completeness.
- Exceptional planning, organization, and time-management skills; agile mindset and action orientation.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to synthesize key information quickly and concisely.
- Ability to effectively manage a team and develop positive and collaborative working relationships across functions and levels. Experience with budgeting and vendor management.
- Highly proficient in Microsoft office applications – Teams, Microsoft 365, SharePoint, etc.
- Remains calm under pressure and embodies core values of leadership, respect, and integrity.
The anticipated base salary range for this position is $149,500 to $257,000. Exact salary depends on several factors such as experience, skills, education, and budget. Salary range may vary based on geographic location. In addition to base salary, this position is eligible for participation in a highly competitive bonus program with possibility for overachievement based on performance and company results as well as participation in the share incentive plan.
In addition, The Estée Lauder Companies offers a variety of benefits to eligible employees, including health insurance coverage, wellness and family support programs, life and disability insurance, retirement savings plans, paid leave programs, education-related programs, paid holidays and vacation time, and many others. Many of these benefits are subsidized or fully paid for by the company.